Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

William Penn believed that open, natural spaces worked positively on the mind as well as the body, providing respite from the chaotic pace of urban life as well as the unsanitary closeness of quarters. Today, more than 10 percent of the land within Philadelphia is park territory. Tucked inside the Northwest sits the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley […]

 

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

Wissahickon Valley Park: Trash to Treasure

“I found a pregnancy test, not pregnant, which is the answer you want when you take a pregnancy test in the woods.” Bradley Maule has discovered some unusual trash while hiking through the Wissahickon Valley Park. Hiking has always been a pastime of his from growing up in the middle of wooded Pennsylvania. He moved […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Chestnut Hill: Spring Clean Up for Wissahickon Valley Park

Winter 2013 to 2014 was one of Philadelphia’s roughest. Record breaking snow was the cause of many natural disasters including potholes, home damage and fallen trees. The Wissahickon Valley Park was especially affected with over 100 down trees and multiple broken paths. Now the Friends of the Wissahickon are beginning to clean up, but environmentalist […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: National Trails Day Kicks Off New Projects

Mount Airy: National Trails Day Kicks Off New Projects

Trailblazers is a word that could be used to describe Friends of the Wissahickon – but not just because the group built two new paths Saturday, June 1 as part of National Trails Day. In fact, the nonprofit organization responsible for maintaining Wissahickon Valley Park has earned that title from its distinction as the only […]

 By Joseph Van Dusen

Manayunk: Trail Ambassadors Benefit Park

Manayunk: Trail Ambassadors Benefit Park

[vimeo 59906144] Part of Philadelphia’s 10,500 acres of parkland, the Wissahickon Valley Park is a strip of lush woodlands stretching seven miles from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk. That’s a lot of ground for the rangers to cover, but luckily they aren’t alone out there. The Trail Ambassadors are a volunteer group started in 2008 by the […]